For all its versatility and invisible magic, Wi-Fi networks can be a pain to set up – that’s why we’re excited about Marantz’s new user-friendly alternative, which uses your mains instead.
Called WEAVE (Wireless Entertainment Accessible via Electricity, a fine acronym if ever we saw one), the system uses PLC (Power Line Communication, not quite as good) tech to let you access audio from any plug socket in your house.
But how? Well, you’ll need some Marantz hi-fi gear, of course. The ZR6001 A/V receiver is the company’s first WEAVE hub, taking your tunes and spreading them round your mains system.
To receive the music you’ll need the ZC4001 ‘client’ (pictured above), which can pick up signals from CD players, radios and the like, and pump them out via a 7W amp. It’s unlikely to excite audiophiles, but the styling and size should make it good for kitchen or bedroom tunes.
The ZR6001’s support of up to four clients means it’s no Sonos-beater, but then we’re unlikely to own a house with 32 rooms. And if we did, we wouldn’t be in technology journalism.
To get a system (a ZR6001 and ZC4001) you’ll need to shell out £700, then £200 for each extra client. For more information on stockists go to Marantz’s site.